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  1. I have the 12 inch Sears bandsaw and have found...

    I have the 12 inch Sears bandsaw and have found that by using a 1/4 inch metal cutting blade I get very good service on the woods I normally use for model building such as 1/16 up to 3/4 in plywood,...
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    If the charger got very hot, you had more than a...

    If the charger got very hot, you had more than a burned out fuse problem. A blown fuse would not cause the charger to get hot. More probably you got a short circuit somewhere (bare wires touching,...
  3. Gray Beard has given you some good advice. Now,...

    Gray Beard has given you some good advice. Now, if you really want to build from the ground up, get the Taranis transmitter as you will be able to (will have to) program each of the functions you...
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    An excellent choice for getting your feet wet. ...

    An excellent choice for getting your feet wet. The Tactic is a very good radio and, if you like it, you can get their TX850 (an 8 channel system with all the bells and whistles) that will also let...
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    What load are you putting on them. The standard...

    What load are you putting on them. The standard test is to discharge at 0.33C down to 0.9 volts/cell if comparing to factory specs. If you discharge at a higher rate, you will get a lower mah...
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    Take one apart (dissect it) and you will see why....

    Take one apart (dissect it) and you will see why. Let us know what you see.
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    Maybe I'm just out of the loop but; you do not...

    Maybe I'm just out of the loop but; you do not plug in a fail safe. Fail save is a function of the software and is programmed into the device, not a physical device that can be plugged in or...
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    As stated above, sub C is a physical size...

    As stated above, sub C is a physical size description, just like A, AA, and AAA , C, D (all defined as to size and shape). No relationship to C ratings as defined for LiPo and LiFe.
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    Excellent comments, my findings exactly. If all...

    Excellent comments, my findings exactly. If all else fails, using an oscilloscope will often pin point the problem if you are familiar with electronics. As receivers get smaller and smaller, the...
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    A hot knife or wire is about the only thing you...

    A hot knife or wire is about the only thing you can easily. If you can take the rib off of a razor saw, you can sometimes saw away the bond. I've done that but it is a lot of work as it is hard to...
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    It does not happen often but a transformer on a...

    It does not happen often but a transformer on a nearby power line or industrial building can deteriorate enough to start causing excessive RF noise, also a malfunctioning air conditioner unit or...
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    While quite expensive, the most foolproof and...

    While quite expensive, the most foolproof and long lasting finish would be Klass Kote. That is a two part epoxy paint which you can either spray or brush on. It flows out so well, brushing it on...
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    Ditto, I have several different brands and none...

    Ditto, I have several different brands and none turn off, must be unplugged to turn them off.
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    I have the Sears unit that will measure DC...

    I have the Sears unit that will measure DC current and it works fine. You do know that you can loop the current carrying wire through the loop multiple times, Two loops will read twice the actual...
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    Whether or not you use negative or positive expo...

    Whether or not you use negative or positive expo depends on the system you are using; for instance with Futaba you use negative expo but for Specturm you use positive expo for the same effect of...
  16. Thread: Servo question

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    You can get by quite well with those old 36/46...

    You can get by quite well with those old 36/46 in/oz servos if you do a bit of design with aerodynamic balance tabs and boost tabs. I have flown many large gasoline powered planes with those old...
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    One think I did not mention in my previous post...

    One think I did not mention in my previous post is that some of the engines may have a reed valve for fuel feed. If so, they do have a tendency to run backwards and run well in either direction.
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    Direction that it runs depends on how it is...

    Direction that it runs depends on how it is ported. There are some designs that can run in either direction but most RC model engines are designed to run counter clockwise as viewed from the front,...
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    What that meter is measureing is the steady state...

    What that meter is measureing is the steady state current, not the peak. That is still good information, just not all of it. It is the peak currents that can cause the problems with brownout as it...
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    A convention meter will not give you the results...

    A convention meter will not give you the results you need as the response is to slow. The peak current demands will be quite high but last only a few milliseconds. To measure what the current...
  21. Thread: Servo extension

    by Rodney
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    You can but you open the door for more probable...

    You can but you open the door for more probable problems as time goes on. Any connection ( extensions creates more of them) will eventually deteriorate enough to cause problems, especially if buried...
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    I'll second the recommendation for the Tactic...

    I'll second the recommendation for the Tactic 850, by far the best buy for the money right now . I have Futaba FAAST, Spectrum and FRSKY. While all are quite good, the Tactic is easier to program,...
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    You would have to instal the batteries in series,...

    You would have to instal the batteries in series, not parallel.
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    Such problems is why I always paint the inside of...

    Such problems is why I always paint the inside of any glow fueled model with epoxy paint back to at least the aft end of the tank and always drill a weep hole at the lowest point in the fuselage...
  25. The first thing I would do is heat them up. You...

    The first thing I would do is heat them up. You can do this in an oven (use some good heat resistant gloves) and then try to work the piston up and down. Chances are good that it will free right...
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